Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Wasco County Records Inventory

Coroner and Inquest Records


Series records the results of the examination of a corpse by the county coroner at the request of the county sheriff. It also documents the proceedings and results of inquests ordered by the district attorney. Reports include date filed; name, age, sex, race, parentage, and birthplace of deceased; date, place, and time of death; names of undertaker and coroner; testimony; and costs. Early reports were narrative accounts detailing the cause of death. After 1900, a standardized form was used for reporting results. Inquest transcripts include coroner and juror names, signatures, and actions; witness names; testimony; and verdict. Coroner and inquest records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Coroner Records, 1854-1908 (.15 cu.ft.);
Search for 1855-1908 Wasco County coroner's reports in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Coroner Inq. [Coroner Inquests and Reports], 1894-1950 (1.60 cu.ft.);
Coroner Inquests [with gaps], 1859-1894 (.35 cu.ft.);
Death Inquiries [Inquest Records], 1964 (.20 cu.ft.).


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